At its National Leadership Forum this evening, AARP will honor General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret) with the 2006 AARP Andrus Award, the Association’s highest honor. This award, named in honor of AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, is presented biennially to distinguished individuals for significant contributions to society.
"General Powell inspires people to believe in themselves. In doing so, he has not only been their leader, he has helped them become leaders in their own right," said AARP CEO Bill Novelli. "And this perhaps will be General Powell’s greatest legacy—inspiration to others in service to his country."
The AARP Andrus Award pays tribute to individuals who, like Dr. Andrus and General Powell, have generated positive social change in the world, and whose work and achievements reflect AARP’s vision of bringing lifetimes of experience and leadership to serve all generations.
"Dr. Andrus used every opportunity to focus America's leaders and the public on the needs of others," noted Marie Smith, AARP President. "General Powell certainly lives up to her motto, 'To serve, not to be served.'"
Following his retirement from 35 years of military service, Powell served as the 65th Secretary of State and was the chairman of America’s Promise—The Alliance for Youth, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing people from every sector of American life to build the character and competence of young people.
Inspired by Powell’s leadership with America’s Promise, NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community launched a youth mentoring program called With Our Youth!. During the first three years of the program, NRTA volunteers logged over 45 million service hours, reaching over 1.5 million youth in more than 2,000 communities.
Novelli said, "We believe General Powell’s greatest legacy will be his inspiration to others in service to his country. Not only has he given back as much as the country has given him, he has given back more. And his journey is far from over."
An exclusive interview with General Powell is the cover story of the July/August edition of AARP The Magazine.
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